I read this book and wished I had Polly, the main character’s new job. I found myself feeling envious of Polly working at To The Moon & Back dating agency in New York. I don’t normally get career envy when reading about the lives of fictional people but I did with Polly.
This book was a really good for a number of reasons. Firstly it gave me career envy, secondly I had such a huge crush on Olly, thirdly the humour was great and fourthly I thought there were some lovely life lessons buried within it; following your passion, self worth and relationships need to go a bit deeper than superficial stuff like looks and fashion.
Here’s the blurb:
Polly and Olly were never supposed to meet…
Polly might spend her days searching for eligible matches for her elite list of clients at her New York dating agency, but her own love life is starting to go up in smoke.
Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about the very person she’s meant to be setting her latest client up with… surely it can’t get any worse!
But then Polly bumps into oh-so-handsome Olly, who heads up a rival agency, and realizes that perhaps all really is fair in love and dating war…
Here’s the review:
This book will take you on a funny and thought provoking journey into the world of New York dating agencies.
Polly is a fabulous character; she’s funny, ambitious, an aspiring photographer and has a funny history of past dating failures. She also has the most amazing flat mate, Gabe; HR consultant by day and by night Gabriella the drag queen. These two characters bounce off each other so well. I loved the sass and the banter between them. The witty banter in this book is exceptional. Zoe May is on top of her banter game!
I loved Polly’s commitment to her photography dream which she says feels like ‘some vague, desperate dream – a fraught sense of longing.’ I really connected with Polly because all life dreams feel like this.
Olly is lush. No other word to describe him. He’s older than Polly and I think the age gap worked. She needed someone like him and he’s a refreshing change from the normal younger romcom male love interest. They also had ‘questionable track records’ when it came to relationships and I liked this.
The romance is a slow burn but this for me was the stand out. This book wasn’t just about romance. It went deeper and was about an ambitious young woman finding her inner compass and resetting the direction of her life.
This fab book is worth a read!
Here’s the links
Zoe May lives in London and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She spent her twenties living in London, where she worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!
Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.
As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading.
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